April starts with Orion and his companions the Big Dog and Taurus, the Bull, standing on the western horizon to start, sinking lower through the month. The Big Dipper is placed high in the northeast, Leo, the Lion champions the southern skies, and Gemini’s Twins settle into the west. The highlight of the evenings is Venus, blazing fairly high in the western twilight, and not setting until late. Early risers are rewarded with the changing arrangements of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, low in the southeast, just as twilight begins from 5:30 to 6 o’clock. Eventually, this same trio will delight us in the evenings this fall.
Keep up on the latest happenings in your night sky with the Eye on the Night Sky!